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Caption for Wantage, The Square And Town Hall C1950: Note the variety of architectural styles in this corner of the Market Place. The building on the right is timber- framed and infilled with herringbone brickwork. Next to the Bell Inn is Tesco, describing itself as the 'Modern Grocers' - a far cry from today's image of the famous store.

Memories of Wantage

Millers Yard was in Grove Street opposite the Old Oxford Bus Company. Millers yard was founded by Mr Edward R Miller given its name of E.R. Miller until the late 40s / Early Fifty’s when sold to Mr Ivor P James, later taking on Partner Mr Len L Strong. The name of the company was then founded as E. R. Miller (Wantage) (...Read full memory)

Being of a young age by this time, twelve years old, I remember the market square being filled with motorbikes, with each the bike riders wearing leather jackets topped with a cut-off denim with this being decorated with many a metal stud, either coloured brass or silver, and sometimes framing what was a stencilled picture (...Read full memory)

I moved to Wantage with my parents Ted and Phyllis Willey and my brother Ken and sister Susan. At Garston Lane school one of my first friends was John Campbell who lived in Courtenay Road. We were aged 8. Another friend was Jim "Limmy" Lynch who became well known as guitarist in local bands. We still keep in touch (...Read full memory)

My parents lived in the house on the right, the end semi-detached house, I can just be seen in the photograph as the light coloured blob in the front garden. Normally I would have been at Garston Lane School, but in the late spring of 1955 I had to have my tonsils removed at Wantage Cottage Hospital, so I had extra time off (...Read full memory)

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